The Reverend Floyd Flake defended his role Monday in a controversial deal to build a casino at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens.
Flake is an investor in a group that won a contract earlier this year to bring more than 4,000 video slot machines to the financially-troubled racetrack.
Critics, including losing bidders for the project, said Flake’s group won because of his political connections to the governor.
A former Congressman, Flake fired back during an appearance on NY1's "Inside City Hall," saying every bidder had connections to Albany powerbrokers.
"All teams had some political players on them and no matter how the process played out, the same issues would have evolved from whoever did not get that bid," Flake said.
Flake also said although he is an investor in Aqueduct Entertainment Group, his role with the company does not involve gambling but focuses on building housing and creating jobs.